Plan to drop in at the library on Saturday, August 18th at 2:00 PM in the downstairs Lane Room to meet local artist Emily Kalina and learn about her experiences in making a living in the art world. As she describes it, "To make art that sells in the world today, you have to wear many hats. One is the creator, the artist. But the artist needs to not only create the artwork, but also sell and market, while simultaneously promoting it on social media as well as managing a website where people can find your work. If it seems like a lot, it is! However it can be done. Come join me to talk about what it means to make art work." Some of Emily's work will also be on display in our Weston Gallery for the month of August, including digital prints on canvas, a selection of patterned scarves, and a handbag.
Emily graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 with a degree in Illustration and immediately entered the gallery world in which she exhibited and sold her signature style of layered, textured, and patterned watercolors. As a young watercolor artist Kalina always had an eye for the interplay of color, texture and layering. This innate skill quickly evolved and expanded as in 2009 as she left the gallery world to pursue the exciting world of print and textile design. Using her watercolors as a basis for her prints, she combines her sharp eye for trends with an innate sense of color and style to produce vibrant designs that are appealing to a wide variety of clientele.
Kalina successfully transformed her 14 years of layered and textured watercolors into best selling scarves and a variety of products for Nine West Dress, Michael Kors, Barney’s New York, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Elie Tahari, Nordstrom, Target and TJX to name a few.